Catherine Frieman is a lecturer for European archaeology in the School of Archaeology and Anthropology at the Australian National University. She studied archaeology at Université Aix-Marseille, at Yale University and Oxford University where she obtained a Ph D in 2010 with a thesis entitled “Skeuomorphs and stone-working: Elaborate lithics from the early metal-using era of coastal northwest Europe”. After several years of research and teaching at Oxford University and University of Nottingham she became a lecturer of European archaeology in the School of Archaeology and Anthropology at the Australian National University. Her main research interests are innovation in prehistoric societies, flint, ground-stone and other lithic technologies, trade and communication in 4th-2nd millennia BC Europe, European Neolithic and Bronze Age society, adoption of metal, prehistoric metallurgy, flint daggers, ornaments and identity, material culture studies and archaeological theory. During her stay at Topoi she carries out her research within the research group (D-6) Atlas of Innovations by creating an interactive map showing how traditional societies of Northern Middle Europe reinterpreted stony objects by getting in conatct with metal artefacts.